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Large, detached, character house, private heated pool, Wi-Fi & Sauna

Helen Tunnicliffe

Member since: 2006
Speaks English, French
Bedrooms 5
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Large, detached, character house, private heated pool, Wi-Fi & Sauna

Bedrooms 5
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


Photos and Description of this 5 bedroom holiday farmhouse in Saint Savinien - La Longère Charentaise

5 bedrooms, 2 lounges, huge kitchen, sleeps 10 - 12, ideal 2or3 families sharing

A completely renovated, very spacious five bedroom detached Charentaise house on the edge of a small hamlet, overlooking open countryside - yet only two miles from the small market town of St Savinien.

The property has been the subject of a total renovation and has been completely refitted throughout. It is comfortably equipped with quality furniture and appliances. Bed linen and towels are included in the rental price.

The house comprises: a huge well-fitted dining kitchen with seating for up to 12 guests, a massive central lounge with TV and seating for 7, and further large lounge with two settees seating 6. A Utility room with washing machine & tumble dryer and a downstairs WC / Shower room.

Upstairs - A huge master bedroom & en suite shower room. Three further double bedrooms, family bathroom with shower and a small single bedroom.

Outside - large gardens and terraces. Safety fenced, heated private pool (8x4 metres), & infants splash pool, garden sauna cabin, parking & carport.

In the garden: A large Table Tennis table, a Basketball Hoop, a Badminton / Volleyball Net and Football Goals. For the under fives; a splash pool, a little tykes playhouse and a slide.

We also have a selection of bicycles for all ages - ranging from 3 years upwards.

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  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Helen Tunnicliffe (Owner)
Member since: 2006
Speaks English, French
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
20 May, 2015

Guestbook comments from the owner

We really enjoyed our stay at your property. The property had everything to make our stay enjoyable. We wouldn't hesitate to recommend it.
Jun 2012
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Bedrooms 5
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Large, detached, character house, private heated pool, Wi-Fi & Sauna
average rating of 5.0 based on 9 reviews

Thoroughly recommended - excellent!

  • 5 of 5

Thoroughly recommended, the most comfortable holiday we’ve ever had!

If you’ve ever dreamed of paradise in the French countryside, this charming villa is for you! It is set in beautiful rural surroundings, perfect for photography - especially in the height of summer when the sunflowers in surrounding fields are in full bloom!

The owners have thought about your every need in this beautifully re-built and restored county retreat. The delightful, tastefully furnished spacious maison has plenty of living area – two large lounges - and couples ‘old world’ charm with modern comforts! The large, typically French kitchen was perfect for indoor dining although we spent most of our meal time dining al fresco! We had the choice of either the patio at the back of the house –where we made full use of the table tennis facility and built in BBQ, and the poolside patio – perfect for bathing and watching the children have fun on the toys in the well- stocked garden area. Particularly attractive - and always tempting -was the heated pool! We spent many hours playing with the children, having a sauna and enjoying an early evening glass of wine in the pool (plastic glasses are provided); we simply didn’t want to get out! Our friends with young children also made extensive use of the adjoining side paddling pool which was also heated.

Being built of thick stone, the villa was cool to sleep in and the shutters provided extra French charm. The beds were really comfortable and the 5 large bedrooms provided bags of room. Everything was so clean and well-maintained, we found all we needed – from spare toothbrushes to spare combs!

The property provides a super base for exploring the region too, but best of all – we enjoyed cycling around the sunflower fields and into St Savinien to buy our daily baguettes!. There were plenty of bikes and helmets in varying sizes in the store room.Our boys loved cycling into Saint Savinien - on the banks of the Charente River - we even found a boating lake where they enjoyed sailing whilst we savored the ambience sipping a French beer!

You can choose to switch off from electronics if you wish to but we made full use of the Wifi and flat screen TVs available.

We can’t wait to go again.

Dr and Mrs Crosby, Cheshire.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 10, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway

One of the best houses in this region!

  • 5 of 5

We have stayed in a number of properties in France over the last few years but few have been as well presented or as comprehensively equipped as this superb house in the Saint-Jean-d'Angely area. Firstly the position of Poussardiere is excellent, a really peaceful rural location with views to the front across rolling countryside and yet just 35 minutes from the airport at Rochfort and less than an hour away from the beautiful town of La Rochelle. Although you probably need a car, local villages are convenient for daily necessities and very friendly (and patient with our pigeon French) and if inclined you can easily nip down to the shops in Saint Savinien a couple of miles away, on one of the various push bikes provided.

We expected great things from the write ups and photographs, and we can honestly say nothing let us down, indeed it was better than we imagined. The house is big! there was plenty of room for everyone, furnishings were quality and comfortable, there was wi-fi, English cable TV and the general presentation was really lovely. It took only minutes to feel completely at home. The swimming pool was clean, warm and great fun, a huge asset to the property, you can’t keep kids out of it! and for the adults there is an excellent ‘hot as you dare’ pine sauna. On cooler evenings we were able to have log fires and play games or read books in the big living rooms.

Cooking and meal preparation was easy in the huge comprehensively equipped and well laid out kitchen with everything you would want together with a useful laundry room.

We would strongly recommend a day out to the very beautiful Il de Re.

In summary - we had a wonderful break in this wonderfully restored traditional house, we thought it represented excellent value and will undoubtedly be back (provided that is, there is any availability left after recommending it to all our friends!).

  • Review Submitted: Aug 31, 2012
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2012
  • Source: HomeAway

A super, chilled and relaxing place to stay..

  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful holiday home!

Ourselves and another family went together with 5 children under the age of 5 and found the house ideal. We particularly liked the heated swimming pool with its safety fence and the children loved the pool toys and playing in the gardens.

We had two minor issues - both sorted by the efficient property managers within hours of being reported.

We couldn't fault it!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 18, 2012
  • Date of Stay: May 2012
  • Source: HomeAway

Fabulous house and pool in very quiet area

  • 5 of 5

The house is in a very quiet location a couple of kms from a small town so car essential. However lots to see locally in Saint Savinien, St Jean D'angley and Saintes. We made a cople of trips to the coast ( about 45mins) and also to Cognac for the requred distillery visit which was well worth it. The view out from the pool side of the house was just peace and quiet, which also meant our children could make as much noise around the pool as they wanted without distrubing others.

The accomocation is even better than the pictures showed. The 2 living rooms both with all tv/dvd/uk satellite options were ideal for us as two families with 4 children between 10-15, for those odd rainy days. The house is furnished and set up for people to live in, not just as a rental, so all you needed was available for proper living and cooking. The owners have a made a great effort to make you feel at home. The big kitchen diner was the hub for us

All in all we had a great time, the house was great value for money, and we will definitely return

  • Review Submitted: Aug 7, 2011
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
Rayleigh, Essex

Outstanding Property

  • 5 of 5

We have just returned from a holiday at this property (July 09), and had a fantastic time. The house has everything we wanted and most of all, in our opinion, was perfect for our 2 year old to happily spend his day, jumping in and out of the main and 'baby' pool, playing in the garden and roaming around this large property - all in the knowledge that the house and land it stands on is very secure and safe.

The property is full of charecter yet has modern bathrooms, internet access, appliances etc and is located in a very peaceful part of France which was what we wanted.

We stayed here with friends yet the house meant none of us felt like we were living on top of eachother - there is so much outside space in sun and shady areas that we spent the days lazing round the pool, playing in the garden, reading a book in the other garden - having a glass of wine (or two) on the terrance in the evening sun, it really was ideal for us.

The house offers various sized rooms, all bigger than your average bedroom in the UK so again, space was never an issue.

Our son was able to watch his faviourite programmes on Cbeebies and on the odd occasion it got a bit chilly in the evening - we all enjoyed watching a good film and the Wimbledon final on the main tv - again, with the help of a bottle of local wine or two - which I should add, is still so much cheaper than you would find in the UK!

To summarise - this is a lovely house with so much to offer. We reluctantly had to leave, after saying an 'emotional' farewell to the geese and goslings the other side of the walled gardens who became firm firends of ours during our stay!

We wouldnt hesitate to go back and hope we do soon.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 16, 2009
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2009
  • Source: HomeAway

Relaxing Family Holiday

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at this lovely house last Summer and enjoyed it so much we have booked again for this year.

The pictures of the house look lovely but in the flesh it is actually even bigger and better than it seems. Its in a very quiet spot but only about 10 minutes drive to the village.

Despite being in the country there was plenty for our kids 7, 9, 13 & 15 to do, they were mostly in the heated pool ( lovely ) but we think they appreciated the internet and British TV as well! The owners ( Paul & Helen ) supplied pretty much everything we could think of including pedal bikes.

We had intended to do some sightseeing but spent most of the time at the house as we couldn't drag the kids away! - Maybe this year!


  • Review Submitted: Jun 15, 2009
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2008
  • Source: HomeAway


Nearest Airport
35 Miles
La Rochelle
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
St Savinien
Nearest Ferry
235 Miles
St Malo
Nearest Train
2 Miles
St Savinien
Nearest Motorway
10 Miles
St Jean d Angely
Nearest Restaurant
2 Kilometres
St Savinien
Nearest Beach
25 Miles
Car: necessary

The house is located two miles from the pretty riverside market town of St Savinien which has a wide range of local shops, a regular market, a Supermarket and leisure activities including an outdoor pool, fishing and children's boating lake.

The Roman town of Saintes is some 15 miles south with a very comprehensive range of shopping, leisure activities and sightseeing including a Roman Amphitheatre. To the north the town of Rochefort is some 15 miles and La Rochelle about 40 miles.

Beaches – the nearest family beach is at Saint Georges de Didonne about a 45 minute drive away.

Riding school for all ages (English spoken) 2 miles. Quad biking 1 mile. The immediate surrounding countryside is superb for cycling with many quiet lanes to explore.

Other Activities: Quad Biking. Horse Riding, Sea Canoeing,


Prices & Availability

From £171 Nightly

Prices for this holiday farmhouse in Saint Savinien, Saint-Jean-d'Angely area

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
9 May 2015 - 5 Jun 2015
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Early Summer
6 Jun 2015 - 4 Jul 2015
Changeover Day: Saturday
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
5 Jul 2015 - 28 Aug 2015
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
29 Aug 2015 - 26 Sep 2015
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £200.00
Pet Fee £50.00
Notes All bed linen, hand and bath towels are included for a maximum of 8 persons. A linen supplement charge for occupancy in excess of 8 persons of £5 per person per week, will be made for extra linen & towels.

There is a local property manager on call in case of any problems / emergencies.

Pool Heating - The pool can be heated on request at an extra charge of £60 per week
25% of rental price with reservation - balance due 10 weeks before stay.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday farmhouse in Saint Savinien in Saint-Jean-d'Angely area

Property Type:
  • farmhouse (detached)
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 230 m²
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Rustic
  • Baby Gate
  • Backpack
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Local Maps
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Family Bathroom - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Downstairs - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    En-suite - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Poolside - Outdoor Shower , Sauna cabin
  • We have three fully equipped bathrooms and there is also a solar powered shower on the pool deck along with a sauna cabin.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 1 Child Bed , Has a Day Bed which is ideal for a young child
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Single Bed , 1 Cot , Single bed is a folding camp bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Double Bed , 1 Single Bed , 1 Cot
    Bedroom 4 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 5 - 1 Single Bed , Small single room
  • The master bedroom has a super-king 6ft wide double bed, the 2nd bedroom has a 5ft king size double bed and bedroom 3 has a regular size double bed. Bedroom four has two single beds and bedroom five has one single bed. There are also two good quality fold-up single beds and two cots which can be used in any room. The layout of the house makes it ideal for two families sharing as in total we have three double beds, seven single beds and two cots.
  • Books ...
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Player
  • Video Game Console
  • Video Games
  • Video Library ...
  • Barbecue
  • Deck Chairs
  • Beach Umbrellas
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Deck Furniture
  • Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Barbecue ...
  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • 16 garden chairs
  • 6 deck chairs
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • Sauna
  • churches
  • library
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
The house has two large lounges / sitting rooms. It was set this way so that one room could be used if adults want to get away from the kids! There is also a small study area with a desk and chair and WiFi Internet Access. TV in each lounge, One TV has a UK 'Free to Air' Satellite system - receives BBC, ITV, News & other channels and French stations. Video, DVD player and I-Pod Speakers. We have a good selection of classic kids Disney / Pixar type DVD's & Video's and a range of classic and recent films for teenagers and Adults. There are also many holiday reading type books / novels in the house and a selection of board games. For out of season rentals the house is very warm and cozy in the Autumn, Winter and Spring months. It has a full gas central heating and wood burners in the Kitchen and in both Lounges. For the youngest family members we have two high-chairs & stair gates and two cots.

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